THX 1138 / faceless numbers

”The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic.”

 

 

 

 

1t is n0t exactly clear, whether it was Erich Maria Remarque, the gre4t German writer of war, sadness and l0st generation, or Joseph Stalin, the blo0dy Soviet mastermind, to pr0nounce these painful w0rds, although surely b0th had the right f0r it. E4ch fr0m the opp0site p0int of view.

”THX 1138” is a perfect illustration for what it means to be a N° in an ill, mechanical, drug-oppressed society that is even more deadened than “Fahrenheit 451”, “1984” or “Metropolis”. Heck, people even had names there.

Here… everybody is just a number. Numbers are perfectly intertwined in the stunningly sterile visuals of the story, crawling here and there, mixed with muffled camera surveillance footage and faceless chrome police robots that keep on repeating “we are here to help you”.

We are here to help you.” A recurring nightmare motif now.

The exploration of THX 1138 continues here.

 

Silent Running

Director: Douglas Trumbull. Starring: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint. Budget: 1$ million. USA, 1972. IMDb: 6.7. My rating: 2/4. Ecological space science fiction.

– On Earth, everywhere you go, the temperature is 75 degrees. Everything is the same; all the people are exactly the same. Now what kind of life is that?
(Freeman Lowell)

Back in 1972 “Silent Running” was kind of a low-budget modest blockbuster made in the wake of “2001: A Space Odyssey”. The film was a directional debut for Douglas Trumbull, who worked most notably on special effects on the aforementioned Kubrick’s epic, “Blade Runner”, “Andromeda Strain”, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and Malick’s “Tree of Life”. “Silent Running” was produced by Universal on a shoestring budget of one million dollars, one-tenth the budget of “2001”, which is very little for this kind of space sci-fi. Continue reading

I want your opinion about…

…this video that I did.

This one is going to be one of few non-sci-fi posts. I’ve been working for several weeks on the musical video of an amazing song “K.” from the debut album by Cigarettes After Sex. Highly reccomended for all the lovers of dreampop, indie pop, shoegaze and even slowcore like me (let me mention some of my favourite bands… Galaxie 500, Mazzy Star, Jesus and Mary Chain, Codeine, Beach House, The XX, Hibou, Air, My Bloody Valentine, Badly Drawn Boy, At Swim Two Birds, Youth Lagoon… and many others).

I only did the editing, assembling and cutting two movies by Abel Ferrara (“Ms .45”, “The Blackout”) and Andrei Tarkovski (“The Mirror”, “Solaris”), but tried to make a new story. Main reasons were that I’m studying editing a little and because the album is just amazing. It’s an ambient pop project, intimate and surreal, so I thought these 4 movies match it well.

Feel free to hate it or bash it, just tell me that.

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A bliss called ”Ready Player One”

Steven Spielberg? His first science fiction movie in 13 years? Iron Giant? Lara Croft and Mad Max’s Interceptors? DeLorean and Akira’s bike? Duke Nukem and Freddy Kruegger in one frame?

I almost had a heart attack.

I love two things here. First, all the references for the 80-s and 90-s heroes are pretty subtle and are mostly background figures. Second… it’s Spielberg.

3Akira's bikeDuke Nukem + Freddy Kruegger8Virtual reality78 Continue reading